We decided to bypass Ketchikan on our way out of Alaska this year. From Craig headed SE. We hit three new (to us, anyway) anchorages, Shelikof Island Cove, Mabel Bay and Hunter Bay in successive nights then headed for Hydaburg.
Hydaburg is primarily populated by members of the Haida native Alaskan clans. Cruising friends of ours had recommended Hydaburg to us for its native culture and friendly community. The last week of July they have Haida Culture Camp intended to spread and preserve Haida culture in the community. It is open to the public and we attended classes one day and then the closing feast event. The foundation for a new long house to be used in Haida cultural events was dedicated while we were there. We were terrifically impressed by the community spirit and the efforts they are going through to preserve their culture.
After Hydaburg, we sneaked around Cape Chacon and spent the night in Gardner Bay. It is to far (at least at our leisurely speeds) to make it to Prince Rupert in one day from the south tip of Prince of Wales Island. Instead, we crossed Clarence Strait, scooted around the north side of Duke Island and made our way to the mainland side of Revillagigedo Channel. Our last night in Alaska for 2016 was in Foggy Bay, the same anchorage we used for our first night this year.
An early start the next morning, the first day of August, got us into Prince Rupert at the Prince Rupert Rowing & Yacht Club (PRRYC) by 1 PM (and that is with losing an hour going from AKDT to PDT). We’ll spend a couple of nights in Prince Rupert before continuing the slow journey south. Our rough schedule has us rounding Cape Caution, the exposed section that separates the northern portion of the BC Inside Passage from the southern portion, towards the end of August.